Archive for May, 2016

Moonset At Sunrise

Posted in 5DMII, Handheld on May 28, 2016 by budbranch

Handheld.  Noticed the moon setting as I headed out at sunrise.  70-200mm 1/2000 at f/7.1 ISO 800 moonset

Ultralight Salute

Posted in 5DMII, Handheld, sky on May 27, 2016 by budbranch

Neighbor Chris throws the Shaka sign over Taos CanyonShaka

Shameless Plug:

Posted in Architectural, HDR, Long exposures, Wide Angle on May 15, 2016 by budbranch


Star Trails

Posted in Astrophotography, Composite, interval exposure, Long exposures, sky, Wide Angle on May 14, 2016 by budbranch

These images are composites of multiple frames: 25, 53, 76, and 157, so at 30 seconds per exposure, the images capture 12, 25, 38, and 78 minutes of star movement.  I use free software called StarStaX to blend them all trails star trails star trails star trails

An Overview Of Our NM Cabin

Posted in Aerial, DJI Phantom 3, RC Quadcopter with tags , , on May 9, 2016 by budbranch

Taos Cabin Fly-around from Bud Branch on Vimeo.

This is over 4 minutes long (sorry).  We think it nicely describes our new surroundings.


Night Sky

Posted in 5DMII, Astrophotography, interval exposure, Long exposures, sky on May 7, 2016 by budbranch

Prospecting for Eta Aquarids meteors – none in this frame.  Looking southeast, thirty second exposures f/4.0, 17MM ISO 6400.  I set the camera up at 10:30 and set a self-timer delay for 3-1/2 hours, so it would start making exposures around 2AM.   Mars is low at right.


These next two are consecutive 30 second frames showing an aircraft (given away by the strobing beacon lights), and a satellite that brightened and dimmed during the 60 seconds it took to make these images.

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There are meteors in both of these images:

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Twin satellites – interesting:


Meteor and aircraft:


As dawn was breaking, a classic Iridium flare, top right:


Posted in Aerial, HDR, RC Quadcopter, Wide Angle on May 3, 2016 by budbranch

DJI_0430_1_2_3_4…from 400′.   Taos mountain top right

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